UKRI Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Scoping Workshop

NERC, on behalf of UK Research & Innovation (UKRI), is working with Innovate UK, to convene a scoping workshop which aims to bring together members of the research and innovation communities with an interest in the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging (SSPP) Challenge and to strengthen collaboration, enabling greater interdisciplinary working.

The UK needs to urgently address growing concern about the environmental impact of plastics in packaging. While industry has committed to this challenge through the UK Plastic Pact and other initiatives, there is a need to catalyse and coordinate activity across the supply and knowledge chains.

An SSPP fund of £60 million, supported by matched funding from industry, is available to be disbursed through a co-ordinated programme of research and innovation via three workstreams:

  • A Core Programme that will convene and commission workshop and networking activity;
  • Enabling Research to establish an interdisciplinary consortium of academic-led co-created research and development; and,
  • Industry-led multi-disciplinary Collaborative R&D projects, and deployment of Demonstrators to develop new technologies at scale and support their adoption by industry.

A call for the Enabling Research workstream is scheduled for early 2020. 

The SSPP Challenge aims to establish the UK as a leading innovator in smart and sustainable plastic packaging for consumer products, delivering cleaner growth across the supply chain, with a dramatic reduction in plastic waste entering the environment by 2025.

The meeting aims to:

  • Communicate the remit and objectives of the SSPP programme
  • Bring together researchers and industry from a variety of disciplines with interests in sustainable plastic packaging research and innovation
  • Discuss the scope of the Enabling Research work stream
  • Seek input on key research and innovation challenges and opportunities

The meeting will be held on 15 November 2019, at The Hyatt in Birmingham.

UKRI would like to enable a broad range of researchers with interest in activities related to the SSPP to attend the meeting. As such this is open to researchers across all disciplines including relevant social, cultural and ethical, environmental, economic, legal and regulatory, technological, process and behavioural expertise. With particular encouragement for researchers with interest in and/or experience of working across disciplinary fields.

Please complete an online application form if you would like to apply for a place to attend the scoping workshop. 

The closing date for applications is midday on Monday 4 November 2019.

With limited space available, participants to the event will be selected to ensure an appropriate balance of expertise and institutional representation. Applicants will be advised on whether their application is successful by no later than Tuesday 5 November 2019. The cost of attending the workshop will be the responsibility of the attendee.

Attendance to the meeting is not mandatory for applicants of the UKRI call.